I absolutely loved this twisting, turning tale from beginning to end. The characters were well drawn and sympathetic and Morton really brought war time England to life.
The main attraction of the novel, however, was the absolutely gripping tale of the family from Milderhurst Castle and how the past has affected their relationships and their futures. I was enthralled. I was totally shocked by the ending, and how the ending changed my perception of the characters and the motivations for their actions.
I thoroughly recommend this book.
I have several audiobooks by Kate Morton, and I usually love to read her books. However, this one didn't thrill me or excite me as her others have. Can't say that I would recommend it to someone to read as I found it quite boring in parts and the storyline jumped around from character to character without really finishing the development of same before moving on to something else. This author is one of my favorites. I loved Secret Garden, and I have the House at Riverton to tackle next. I usually review books that I would listen to again and again. This one won't be one of those types of books. It just didn't do it for me.
Not a writer, a writer wannabe, editor, lit maj, or pretend literary critic. Just an avid reader/listener. My ratings are opinion only.
No nail biting thrills, melodrama, bodice ripping or gory murder, just an intricate story beautifully written, sweet, sad and redeeming.
Imagine being able to write a story as wonderful and engrossing as this without any of the above.
If you are looking for something fast-paced this may not be the book for you. The story is layered, sweeping, with everyone having a voice.
I live in a big house by the Baltic sea in Gävle, Sweden. I am married and have three teenagers and one dog. I read books, buy books and blog about books. If I don´t read I knit, sew or quilt.
I feel somewhat manipulated. This is not the kind of novel I usually read or listen to and I can't say I'm longing to read one again. BUT I couldn't stop. I wanted to know what was going on and what had happened. I liked that the novel has a small hint of literacy in it - that is that the main character is a novel. That said, it really isn't a very good novel. The characters are too stereotype and not very interesting. You never get to know them. The story promises a lot to begin with but doesn't keep its promise in the end. But, as I said, I couldnt stop...
As I said, couldn't get thoug it all. Didn't find it interesting enough to hold my intest.
I would not recommend this book to anyone. I am new to audiobooks so don't know if I just didn't like the lady reading the story, or if I didn't like the story line. I didn't even listen to the entire first part.
don't know, but didn't enjoy her narration
maybe it would be easier to get to the end
Kate Morton weaves complicated plots better than anyone I have read. Caroline Lee is the perfect voice to share the story.
Percy was my favorite because she was so hard to figure out. It was like peeling an onion as I got to know her.
There is no way I could pick only one favorite scene.
I would not change the name--it is perfect for the book.
I hope Kate Morton keeps writing!